For some time now I have been experiencing a little blistering on my hands and then these little blisters become hard and calloused and a bit yellowish (ewww!) Recently the skin on the tips of my thumbs has become hard and calloused as well. It has been VERY cold in Southern California so I was just assuming my skin had dried because of the cold and was using lotion frequently.
Today I finally broke down and went to the dermatologist. He says that I have hand dermatitis. Basically, I have to wash my hands with special soap, use special lotions, and he gave me two tubes of gunk – one is an ointment (the strongest form of Cortizone known to man and a hand cream.
I have to apply these items daily and need to use cotton gloves underneath rubber gloves when I do any cleaning. This includes grabbing a dish rag to wipe down the counter tops in the kitchen. Are they for real!!!!!! I have to put two pairs of gloves on to wipe down a sink????? Oh I can see this being a problem for me – YIKES!!!
According to the doctor this type of condition is common among nurses and child care providers who wash their hands frequently and use detergents or cleaning products. I have never heard of this – have any of you? Do any of you have this condition or know of someone who does? How are they dealing with it? What works and what doesn’t? I would love for you to share and will keep you posted as to how this progresses for me as well. .